Before I read “London Belongs to Me” by soon to be noted author, Jacquelyn Middleton, London was not on my to do list. After chatting with the London loving scribe, I was warming to the rainy city. After reading London Belongs to me, I’m convinced that I’ve made a mistake not spending a bit of time where this soon-to-be-released novel is set. I asked the author what her top favourite things to do in London are, and coming from someone who has visited numerous times (we’re talking about 30 times), I think she can be considered an expert. Here are Jacquelyn Middleton’s top picks and the places that I’m putting on my UK bucket list:
- The National Theatre – it’s not only a huge part of the author’s life, but it’s the best supporting actress in her love story to London. It’s also, according to Jackie, a great public space to sit inside of or on the patio. It’s apparently got a great cafe on the main floor and a great book store. Who doesn’t love books?
- London Fields, in east London is where the heroine of the book, Alex Sinclair settles when she first moves to her dream city. It’s home to great markets (including Broadway Market) and a place that isn’t on everyone’s must do list, which means that it isn’t packed with tourists. Where do I sign up?
- The Tower Bridge – a must see according to the author AND a great place to find a hotel.
- Big Ben – if you look carefully for those of you who aren’t observant – it’s actually on the cover of London Belongs to Me. Middleton feels ripped off if she doesn’t see it every time she heads to Britain’s capital (I’m running out of ways to say London without saying London). She recommends taking a tour of the House of Parliament. I saw it very quickly from a moving car and almost got whiplash – it’s spectacular.
- Covent Garden – great shops and restaurants with cool street performers. I don’t recall whether it was in the book or not, but I’m sure it was.
- Pimlico area – this is near Westminster, north of the Thames. This was the first place that the author stopped her first time in London. She wanted to stay in a place in the city that she had seen in the movies. This area always feels new and exciting to her.
- Primrose Hill – the author loves this area mostly because of her passion for music, more specifically the band Saint Etienne. They wrote and sang a song called Primrose Hill that she loves. They also sing a little song, called, and wait for this…London Belongs to Me. Sound familiar? Well, it should. It’s the name of the book that I’ve been blogging about!
To get inspired to travel to The Old Smoke, pick up a copy of London Belongs to Me on October 14th when it goes on sale. You can also pre-order it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Waterstones, Foyles, Indigo, and Chapters!